Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas!!!


Happy Christmas to all of you!

Stay warm and safe.

Warm hugs
Maarit



Favourite Five Christmas Creations




Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Day. I'm joining Debby's Favourite Five Christmas Creations. I've added links beneath the photos to the original posts.





Wam hugs
Maarit

Sunday, December 22, 2013

December Roses

I got some lovely printed images from a very dear friend to play with. As they are vintage style I had a blast distressing the edges with a scissor and ink. It's quite fun to try the vintage style for a change.

I would like to join:
4 Crafty Chicks: Distressing
Everybody Art Challenge: No Christmas card
Cute Card Thursday: Celebrations
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes

I used:
Distress inks, golden Perfect Pearls
TH fabulous scroll stamp for the paper strip
Spellbinder leaf die, Stickles
Kaisercraft half pearls
Papermania designer paper

I'm looking forward to some more crafting; I'll be at work tomorrow but then I'll have a few days off and plenty of time for inks and glues. Oh, and time for Christmas Celebrations too!

Stay safe and warm!

Love
Maarit


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How to rush a snowflake

So how do you rush a swirling snowflake? Or rather the glossy accent, didn't know if it could be set with a heat gun and wanted to post it tonight. Might need to take a pic yesterday.

I would like to join:
ABC Christmas Challenges: Y for You make your own embellishment
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Your Favourite Word (Snow)
Christmas Card Challenges: Make words the focal point
Cute Card Thursday: Christmas Catch Up
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Last Minute Christmas

I used:
Penny Black background and sentiment stamp
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Pearl Perfect Pearls
Paris Dusk Memento ink
Glossy Accents

I'll catch with visits later this week.

Love and hugs
Maarit




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

You're A Star


What could be more appropriate on the night for the Nobel Prize than a star, hehe. You can tell I'm a Science teacher, huh?

 I used a Papermania star background stamped with Paris Dusk Memento ink.  The Joanna Sheen sentiment is heat embossed with a fime platinum powder. Some Distress Stickles were added to the stars and the sentiment were layered with a stack of scrap strips, perfect when you're out of 3 D tape.

I would like to join:
Less Is More: Metallic element and one other colour
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cold Frosty Morning

Hope you're having a great weekend, we've had the first snow and a few degrees minus. I made this card earlier and haven't showed it yet, the image really gives that fabby feel of a frosty day at the country side, doesn't it? Oh, my feet will be freezing tomorrow morning when I'll wait at the bus to work, I'll better dig out the wool socks!

I would like to join:
Fab' n' Funky Challenges: A touch of frost
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make you own background
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Ribbons

I used:
Stampendous post card stamp
Memento Paris dusk
Stickles and Sakura pens
Spellbinder oval die

Enjoy the Sunday evening!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dreaming of You is all I can do

This is for all we've lost; a dear school friend passed away this autumn and I'm so glad we once met and shared fabulous moments together.

I would like to enter:
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: With A Flourish

I used:
TH stamps, Distress inks, golden Sakura pen, Promarkers for shading the the flourish, Sakura pen for writing, fine clear embossing powder for the image, TH alphabet die,

Take care and stay safe!

Love
Maarit

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Even more Winter


Two more with the fabby Penny Black snowman, a bit more CAS.

I would like to join with the first card:
Less Is More Challenge: Made with Sparkle
Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes


I also used:
Paris Dusk Memento ink, Stickles
Sakura metallic pens
Tiny sequins
Papermania designer paper
DQWW edge

Thank you for visiting, it means a lot to me.

Love and hugs
Maarit





Skating Santa in Red



Hope you're having a great weekend, I've been playing around with the an Santa image and a warning might be in place; it's a photo heavy post. First out is a Santa in red, black and white. The skin colour is made with the same red pen I used for Santa's clothes, only diluted in water.

I would like to join:
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
4 Crafty Chicks: Christmas
Joanna Sheen Challenge: Christmas - Make It Sparkle
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Black And White plus one colour

Next two are more vivid in colour and papers.
I used:
Joanna Sheen Santa and sentiment
Aqua Markers and Liquid pearls
Stickles and metallic Sakura pens
Circle Nestie and QK corner dies
Designer paper from a craft mag

I'm delighted as I got a badge this week, I've been smiling since I read it this morning. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Hugs and love
Maarit

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Treat Calendar Bags

So, did I mention that I'm in a crafty flow? Yup, this is the second post today and my inky fingers are itching to dive into the stamp drawers again. These are calendar treat bags for young master R and W, no worries, they never visit my blog.

I would like to join:
Crafty Catz Challenge: Tags and Bags
Cute Card Thursday: Anything But A Card
Fab'n' Funky Challenges: Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks: Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge: Celebrate
Stampin' for the Weekend: Feeling Festive
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Cause for Celebration


I used:
House Mouse stamp, Memento ink, Pro markers, pearl Liquid Pearls
Stickles, QK candy dies
Exchangeable alphabet stamp, Cuttlebug tag die
Penny Black sentiment
Kaisercraft half pearls

Thank you for visiting, it means a lot to me!

Maarit

Sparklers and Bling


Morning all, hope you're having a great weekend. The sun is shining over Stockholm and everything is well over here, it's a bit chilly so we're not far away from the first snow. Yesterday evening we munched the traditional Christmas ginger bread cookies, saffron buns and tasted some mulled alco free wine to keep us warm.

I would like to join:
Crafty Calendar Challenge: All things Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Heather's fabby sketch
Simply Create Too: Snow or Use only white

I used:
PB snowman and sentiment, Paris dusk Memento ink
Tiny star sequins, Stickles, metallic Sakura pens for highlighting
Papermania paper, DQWW star border
Kaisercraft bling

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay warm.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Clean Rudolph


Hiya, hope you're all well. I'm feeling better and have enjoyed crafting with this cute Rudolph using snippets.


I would like to join:
Less Is More: CAS and designer paper
CASalogy: Bell (Rudolph has a tiny)
Christmas Card Challenge: Sparkle and Bling
Dream Valley Challenges: Clean and Simple


I used:
A free stamp, Memento ink, Promarkers
Red Stickles, golden Liquid Pearls
Vintage Photo Distress ink for shading
Brilliance red ink, red barn door Distress ink, Rust Perfect Pearls
Spellbinder circle dies



Quite fun with an easy card, I might have enough Christmas cards this year! I'll be back for reciprocal visits tomorrow, see you soon sweetie.

Warm hugs and love
Maarit

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Being proud today

Today I'm feeling proud; all bits are from the scrap heap, an achievement in itself and I managed to take a nice pic without natural light. I think this is the first one I really like, I just turned the daylight lamp a bit and it made wonders. I'm also very proud of my students this term, they are working very hard and are a lovely bunch, if I may say so. I know that I'm blowing my own horn loud and clearly, felt a bit blue and needed something to get in the pink again.

I would like to join:
ABC Christmas Challenge: W for Winter Wishes
Charisma Cardz Challenge: Vintage
Crafty Calendar Challenges: All things Christmas
Fab'n' Funky Challenges: Anything Goes

I used:
Retired sentiment stamp
Hero Arts grid patter stamp
Aged Mahogany and Aged photo Distress inks
Rich Cocoa Memento ink
Cut'n' dry pen nibs for shading the pine cones
Joanna Sheen pine dies
Stickles
Rust Perfect Pearls
Prima design paper

Hope you have something to feel proud for. Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Let the Candlelight Shine


Hiya, hope you're having a great weekend. The afternoons are getting dark at silly four o'clock and I'm letting the candles shine. Here's a few more for Christmas, the candle is more golden yellow IRL.

The sentiment says Merry Christmas in Swedish if you wonder.

I would like to join:
Fab' n' Funky Challenge: Christmas and Traditional Colours
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Keep it simple and clean
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Christmas Is Coming


I used:
Penny Black candle stamp
Aqua Markers on the stamp and then a light water mist before stamping
Aqua and Pro Markers for shadowing
Can't recall the make of the sentiment stamp
Memento Bamboo Leaves
Stickles and Glossy Accents

Love and hugs
Maarit





Sunday, November 3, 2013

Christmas Wishes


Hiya, hope you're having a wonderful weekend, I've been enjoying a walk to a local craft faire, there were some local food producers as well so my cupboard is filled too.

I would like to join:
Christmas Card Challenges: Pop It Up
Crafty Calender Challenges: All Things Christmas


I used:
Spellbinder circle and Joanna Sheen pine dies
Stickles, 3D tape, gems
A sentiment stamp with Christmas wishes in Swedish
Brilliance red ink

Friday, November 1, 2013

White Christmas

Something easy today; MS snow flake stacked to get layer, heat embossed with a mix of glitter and pearl powders, and a Marianne design die cut as a clean bauble.

I would like to enter:
Christmas Cards All Year Around: Snow, Snowflakes
Christmas Card Challenges: Bows
Less Is More: String or Twine

Love
Maarit

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Autumnal Colours


Second post for today, you can tell I've been missing you! Here's one that I've been saving to be sure to receiver got it. Perfect for Autumn and the vivid orange colour is an homage to Halloween.

I would like to enter:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Halloween or Halloween Colours
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Wood, Trees or Leaves
CASalogy: Country

I used:
Stampscapes image
Sentiment from Chocolate Baroque
Distress inks and golden perfect pearls for some shine
Spellbinders dies

Hope to see you soon again!

More love and hugs
Maarit

Being Grateful

Hiya, long time no see, life has been on a roller coaster lately and mojo went hiding for a while. The photo editing tool has gone, the 'puter needs some tweaking I guess, but I have a journal page for August to show. My favourite colour is blue, so I wasn't feeling blue :)

I would like to join:
Fab'n'Funky Challenges: Distress
Challenges for Everybody: Always Anything Goes

I used:
Hero Arts rain drop background, flower border and alphabet stamps
Stickles, Distress Inks
Sakura pens and Cosmic Shimmer

Enjoy the rest of the Sunday sweeties!

Love and hugs
Maarit


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Let It Snow...in December!



Good morning! Sorry for being a bad blogger, real life has been very busy with lots of fun the last weeks, but I'm taking small steps back to the crafty corner to add some cards to the Christmas pile. I'll also catch up with the blog visits this weekend to see what you've been up to.

I would like to enter:
Charisma Cardz Challenge: Favourite Colour Combo (Blue and White)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Use a product available at the Simon Says Stamp Store (everything but the sentiment)

I used:
Penny Black Snowy Snowman
MS large snowflake punch
Cuttlebug polka dot embossing folder
Distress inks and Ranger Perfect Pearls
ProMarkers
Joanna Sheen sentiment

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Two Favourites

Two of my favourites are meeting today, CAS and Penny Black. In the beginning I struggled with the Clean And Simple style, the white space felt so intimidating. On the other hand all lovely cards with lots of detail were so tempting and also hard to achieve. The cards do come easier now!

The image was coloured with Derwent water colours and cut out with a Nestie. I didn't have any 3D tape so I simply layered a stack of cardstock to get some dimension.

I would like to enter:
Less Is More: Use a rubber stamp + watercolour
Stampin' for the Weekend: Colours of Summer


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Christmas Fairy


Here's another card with the homemade washi tape, this time stamped with red Distress ink.  The striking text in red Brilliance ink says Merry Christmas in Swedish.

I would like to enter:
Crafty Catz Challenge: Ribbon Pleating
Cute Card Thursday: Things With Wings

I also used:
Greeting Farm fairy, Memories black ink, Derwent water colours
Panduro heart punch, red Stickles, Pearl Perfect Pearls
Ribbon from stash 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and love
Maarit 

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Wish

Hope you're having a good start on the week. I've been playing around with stamps and a tape to make my own washi tape, I kind of like these Christmas cards, that doesn't happen often!!!

I would like to enter:
Less Is More: Washi tape
Fab'n Funky: Stick It (does washi tape count?)
ABC Christmas Challenge: Q for Quick

I used:
Papermania ornament stamp, Distress ink, clear embossing powder
A retired text stamp for the tape
Metallich and green Sakura pens
Hugs and love
Maarit

Saturday, August 24, 2013

July Journal

Can you guess where we spent a few days in July?! Yes, in Paris mes amis! We spent the days walking around at the usual tourist attractions and had fantastic meals at the restaurants. My shoes didn't recover after the trip and I believe my tummy is a bit rounder, hehe. And the French were very polite and helpful! Some things do change for the better.

I would like to enter:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Journeys, Travel and Destinations

I used:
Free design papers that followed a magazine
TH stamps, platinum embossing powder
Quickutz heart dies and TH alphabet die
Tissue paper with Mona Lisa print, glue
Memento London Fog ink for distressing
Black and metallic Sakura pens

Have a wonderful weekend where ever you are!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bold colours for June

The journaling quest is getting more and more fun, it's a great way to test new techniques and let mojo free. I can recommend it when a card feels too square.

I would like to enter:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Bold and Beautiful
Fab' n ' Funky Challenges: Anything that looks like Summer

I used:
Creative Expressions and Penny Black stamps
White embossing powder, white ink, embossing ing, blue Distress ink
White and metallic Sakura pens
Liquid pearls and Cosmic Shimmer
DCWV flower border, TH alphabet die
Gemini ticket was a gift (can't recall the make)
Promarkers
Enjoy the rest of the weekend friends! Hope we see soon again.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vintage Christmas

Hope you're well and are enjoying the weekend! I'm trying to catch up with the Christmas card making with a vintage style try. I need some more practise, but hey, there's a lot time for it yet!

I used:
Papermania ornament stamp heat embossed with golden powder
Penny Black Pine stamp and Pine Needles Distress ink
Retired text stamp
MS border punch
Liquid Pearls


I would like to enter:
ABC Christmas Challenge: P is for Pine
Christmas Card Challenge: Evergreen Trees (Pine)
Joanna Sheen Challenge: Embossing dry or heat
Christmas Cards All Year Around: Fancy and Fussy
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelsnuts Christmas Challenge: Christmas + Anything Goes

I'm having a cold, so tonight we'll enjoy a take out and then a film and a cuppa with honey from a bee keeper friend.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Monday, August 5, 2013

May Journal Page


I tried something completely different for the May Journal Page. The paper is coloured with acrylics and stamped with a vibrant blue acrylic colour. I thought the colours could match the feeling of happy feet dancing! I never thought after the spine op that I would be able to dance again, it's pure joy!

I also used:
Feet stamp (don't know the make)
Hero Arts rain drop stamped with white ink
Distress Crackle paint
Sizzix and Tim Holtz alphabet dies
Sakura metallic pen and a note sheet

I would like to enter:

Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes

Have a wonderful week!

Love
Maarit


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bringing you Sunshine


Tomorrow I'll be back at work after four wonderful weeks with loads of sunshine. I'm so looking forward seeing the students!

I would like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday: Beside the Seaside

I used:
Michael Powell image coloured with Derwent pens and Distress inks
Cuttlebug and Quickutz dies
Sun punch and Card Candii
Bingo sheet from Crafts 4 Eternity and Distress ink
Laura Ashley design paper

Love
Maarit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Slow crafting in the Sunshine

I've been moving around this crochet flower for a year now and finally I found a place for it. You might call it slow crafting!

I would like to enter:
Less Is More: Hand made flowers
CASalogy: Gold

I used:
Cuttlebug dies
Aqua Marker for shadowing, gold Sakura pen

I'm enjoying the last days of the Summer holidays with crafting, training and easy living. Oh, to keep the warmth and the hours of daylight a little longer!

Love
Maarit

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

One Sheet Wonder


I found a for me new technique at Splitcoast Stampers, OSW, One Sheet Wonder. It's about using one paper sheet to create a set of cards, I used the template and card design Susan Roberts shows at her blog. It was a really fast way to make a set of cards.

I would like to join:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Christmas in July
Fab'n'Funky: Christmas in July


The colours suddenly changed when the sun decided to beam!

I used:
Papermania stamps for the circle, Brilliance ink, clear embossing powder
A retired text stamp and Distress ink
Card Candi
Quickutz corner die, Marianne design and Spellbinder circle dies
Berry Merry design paper

Thank you so much for visiting!

Love
Maarit